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A Rad GF Day in Portland with Kyra & Cupcakes

IMG_1488Yes, I am super lucky. I got to go to Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon (Portland adjacent, and Uber-able) and eat all of the things. But lest you think Kyra is only about cupcakes, let me fill you in on what happens when you’re like, “Oh, hey, lady! I know we talk a lot about hanging and eating, so show me what’s up in the PDX!”

Kyra brings it, ya’ll. And it’s not just cupcakes. But honestly, if you can ever get them, believe me they are the best things you’ll ever nom on. EVER. That, and the cinnamon roll, and the big pink cookie . . .

IMG_1492 . . . and basically every other dang thing up in that shop. If you’re ever in the general area of Kyra’s Bake Shop, do please go and stock up. I ate a cupcake after 4 days and it was amazing. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN OUR WORLD. But that’s only the beginning of my fabulous afternoon with Kyra.

I’m in Portland, Oregon for an extended visit and when I asked, a  load of you recommended Ground Breaker Brewing as a great gluten-free place to go and get my eat and drink on. Kyra also recommended we get our eat on there and wow, did we.

IMG_1482So, yeah, Ground Breaker is an all gluten-free brewery and eatery with amazing local, fresh, delicious ingredients and we basically tried everything in the entire restaurant. Why wouldn’t we????? We both had a gluten-free pulled pork sandwich and salami pizza with a seasonal salad, which clearly was not quite enough for us ladies, since we also enjoyed the fried chicken with collard greens, a ginger IPA which was insane, and dessert. Yes, I said dessert.

Because I didn’t get enough sweets at Kyra’s (ahem), I was also able to stuff all of this almond cookie, seasonal cherry dairy-free ice cream sandwich up in my face. Sugar coated chamomile buds and cherries included.

IMG_1487Yes, it was the shizz, why do you ask?

The point being, Kyra showed me an amazing time and before I leave Portland I’m heading back to see if she really exists, or if I dreamed all of that. Lunch, basically every delicious thing up in her bakery—

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And a helluva good time.

You guys. Portland.

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5 Ways a Mom Gets Gluten’d

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One kid, enjoying nature in PDX

As someone who knows exactly how to prepare for, and enjoy, a vacation without eating gluten, I’m here to say that four days into my epic adventure I feel like my body has exploded from within. Instead of blaming poor planning (I have a list a mile long of safe places, and an adorable map drawn by friends to boot), or an unfriendly gluten-free city (I’m in Portland, yo), I’ve decided that I’m going to blame my kids.

Honestly, it’s legit. After all, when you’re single parenting for a few days and navigating fun things and getting the hang of public transportation and are wrangling kids who wander into a busy street if you’re not watching carefully, sometimes you do find yourselves in a desperate place where you just need to put food into everyone’s body and no, you cannot figure out how to take the light rail to the best gluten-free Thai restaurant 15 neighborhoods away.

That’s when gluten happens.

That, and these other things have happened that I do believe have resulted in me wanting to curl up and take my “nap day” early on this vacation. Or just vacation sans children, next time. Yes, I’m sticking to my children blaming. Judge away.  Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Mandarette, Home State, Mama Shelter & A Cautionary Tale

IMG_1281I’ve figured out the secret to hanging onto the fun, carefree, anything goes life we all had, or attempted to have, before kids. It’s called a week at Grandma’s house and I highly recommend it. The kids go to Grandma’s, that is. You stay put and do you.

Of course you can’t be footloose and fancy free about everything when you’ve got a bad case of the sprue. You do have to watch what you eat, sadly, and that means not getting so loaded you don’t care if that donut isn’t gluten-free because it looks gluten-free, dammit! That will not end well, and the point of the child-free week is make every non-mac and cheese making, carpool driving, moment count. Don’t spend it on the pot.

With that in mind, let me guide you around my week of freedom, which also meant not cooking a gd thing. NO DISHES, PEOPLE. I’m telling you, it was epic.  Continue reading

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What to Gluten-Free Make When It’s Hot AF

IMG_1224.JPGHoly crap balls, people. I’m shocked to still be here and not completely burned to a crisp on the side of one of the many Los Angeles freeways I’m forced to drive upon in this hellish beginning to summer, because I just freaking gave up and gave into the fire. How are you? Hot as fuck? Hot as fuck. Me, too.

While the heat can, at times, curb the ol’ appetite, a human’s still gotta’ eat. Sure you can go out for tacos, as seen above (psssst, I’ve found the holy grail of gluten-free queso!!!!), but going out to eat also means getting into your car that is probably just sitting there waiting to burn your skin off. So unless you’re a raw food type, that means you’ve gotta’ cook. But no one wants to add heat to hell, so what’s a gluten-free, sweaty, gal to do? This.

PicMonkey CollageYes, this is the first thing to do. Get a gluten-free pizza sent right to your house. But be sure you tip well because that poor dude got into his hot car and sweated his way to your house while you were inside with the shades drawn playing WiiU or whatever it is that you do when it’s hot AF.

But you know as well as I do that delivery is mostly not an option for us gluten-freers, so if you MUST prepare your own food, use as little heat as possible. I mean, do NOT turn on that oven. DO NOT.

Try these less-hot dishes instead.  Continue reading

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Gluten-Free New York City: Sad Bagels & Happy Seafood

gluten-free-new-yorkHey guys! Happy 2016. It’s certainly been a whirlwind already, dudes. Amiright? Between losing Bowie and Snape and snarking on the Golden Globes and super white Oscars, the world has gone CRAZY. Or maybe it’s just me.

Unlike most of my typical January’s, I’ve been in three states and on 5 different airplanes so far this year. Most recently I found myself in Raleigh, North Carolina speaking to a group of chefs from all over the country who run a variety of hotel kitchens. It was GREAT, you guys. Turns out it’s a lot of fun to talk to people who aren’t already sold on gluten-free bizness. While there’s not much better than being on a book tour and having people agreeing with you all the time, there’s something really cool about a real discussion with people who aren’t sure if they want you in their restaurant. GREAT talks, great chefs, great people. So!

Going backwards a little bit, I started the year in New York City, which is always my happy place. It’s also pretty exciting to try new gluten-free friendly joints every time I visit (which is a lot). It’s like I can’t keep up with gf progress in the big city. And that is an amazing thing.

Something that was reinforced on this trip was the fact that when you travel with other people, you can’t choose every restaurant based on it’s awesome gluten-freeness. There’s the time when you’re at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and everyone is DYING FROM HUNGER. And for some reason the UWS Risotteria is closed. What’s up with that? Continue reading

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When Gluten Cravings Get Real . . . Annoying

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All gluten, all the time

Happy new year, everybodys!!!

I hope 2016 brings you everything in the world you want, including (for me) access to the world’s best gluten-free croissants. I haven’t met them yet, but I’ve heard they may be out there. I NEED THOSE GLUTEN-FREE CROISSANTS.

Yep, that’s kind of how it’s been around here lately. After my winter break in New York City, I discovered that, unlike Los Angeles, restaurants are back to that whole serving a bread basket with every meal thing. I swear I did not notice this on my last visit. The end result was that I wanted ALL THE GLUTEN in the five boroughs. Honestly, I’ve never had gluten cravings as badly as when I watched my family grab a slice of pizza and street eat it.

Basically, I’ve found myself honest-to-god despairing over my inability to ever enjoy gluten ever again so many times lately, I’m trying to sort out if it’s exposure, or something going awry in my brain. It is, after all, my 5 year anniversary of my celiac diagnosis, and thus my last bite of gluten. (Why didn’t anyone get me a present?) This must be why gluten has gotten so annoying, as well as the people in my immediate vicinity who can still eat it.

A few examples of me almost losing my shit over gluten in the past two weeks: Continue reading

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Super Duper Gluten-Free Travel Round-Up: Boulder, Colorado, New York City & Iceland

gluten-free-travel-newyork-iceland-coloradoWhooo-boy am I glad to be back in my own kitchen, you guys! Back where the only gluten exists in bagels snuck into my home by my husband who should probably stop doing that. Back in the U.S.A. where gluten-free menus are plentiful and gluten-free knowledge is (sometimes) right on. Yes, I know I’m being awfully sunny about the state of dining out in America, but after negotiating gluten in a foreign country I realize it’s pretty good here. Again, sometimes. Not this time. But this time! And this time, too.

Before I get into all my travel reviews, of which there are many, I have a few things to say/confess/holler. The main one being, with a few exceptions, I have no idea if the gluten-free food I ate was 100% safe. I mean, I asked, I researched, I made myself clear, I had people reassure me . . . but physically I had no way of knowing (again, except for a few specific times in 100% gf restaurants) if I was getting some cross-contact up in me. Because, lucky me, I was already a tad bit sick in the ol’ tum-tum starting with my first trip to Colorado and never really recovered. So checking to see if I had a safe meal via my physical symptoms was not an option for me on any of these trips. Which is a bummer since I went full Paleo in the 5 days between travel when I was home, but it was not quite long enough to get everything back in working order. But this brings me to my list of things to always do when you leave your home for a family trip, vacation, or other journey. Hooray! Continue reading

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